There are 2,500 Girl Scouts in the North Bay area. 62 Girl Scout families lost homes in the Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino County fires. It will take years to recover, but hopefully their burden will be lessened a little through the love being shared by their Girl Scout sisters and broader community. The local Girl Scout office in Santa Rosa was, thankfully, spared from the destruction of the devastating Mark West/Larkfield area.
Michelle Covington, the leader for Girl Scout Troop 10132 has spent years fundraising in Sonoma County, yet feels she has not experienced the true meaning of philanthropy until she saw her community (and so many others) rally together in support of each other after the fires. Every time her troop received a card, letter, box of donations, or any loving act of kindness, her heart was filled with gratitude for the Girl Scouts and for humanity as a whole.
She was astounded and brought to joyful tears on numerous occasions in the last several weeks by the outpouring of support for and within the Girl Scout organization. She shared with us some of the amazingly heartwarming experiences that moved her:
- One troop designed a patch with the slogan, "The love in the air is thicker than the smoke" that's forever etched in all our brains. These are being given to Girl Scouts who have, in some wa...